In the event of an emergency, either nuclear or natural, the following procedures will be followed by School District No. 9, Big Piney, Wyoming, in order to insure the safety and welfare of each student in this district.
1. Warning system
a. The district will receive warning communications from the local police department direct to the office of the Superintendent of Schools via telephone or personal contact if necessary. Sublette County Civil Defense signals may be utilized if necessary--attack warning as identified by a wailing tone or short blasts for 3-5 minutes~ or the attention or alert signal, a steady blast of 3-5 minutes. In the event of natural disaster, snow storms, etc., the Superintendent of Schools' committee of rural people will advise him with a telephone call of adverse conditions. The authority to dismiss school early lies with the Superintendent of Schools. In the event of his absence authority is delegeated to the Principal.
b. School administrators will receive notification of any danger via the telephone or personal contact.
c. Classroom teachers and students will be notified via building communication systems or personal contact from the Principal’s office.
2. Dispersal of Students
a. All pupils will be kept at school if conditions such as blizzards or snowstorms in which visibility and temperature make it mandatory to remain in the building supervised by all available adult personnel, and In case of nuclear attack, in which time does not permit dispersal of students to their homes, students will be sent to shelters in the school.
b. Conditions under which rural children will be kept at school--weather or natural conditions that prohibit the safe operation of busses outside of town will result in rural children being bussed or walked to city homes if possible parents will be notified through local radio stations or by telephone. If possible, parents should have a friend or relative willing to take this responsibility, and planned for prior to any emergency. Children forced to remain at the school will be supervised by adult personnel, prearranged by the Superintendent of Schools. Local office of Civil Defense will be contacted for blankets, etc. Food will be supplied, if necessary, from the Civil Defense shelter located in the school or through the school lunch program.
c. Conditions under which all pupils will be sent home are circumstances which time and conditions permit--that is, town children will walk, etc., rural children will be bussed as usual, all regular bus drivers will be called. Those not able to drive will be replaced by substitute drivers composed of personnel of the district, prearranged and discussed prior to the emergency by the Superintendent or Principal.
d. Conditions requiring students to be removed from the school buildings and transported to a safe location shall involve the situation of school busses and other appropriate transportation being mobilized to provide immediate evacuation of all students. In situations such as this all students shall be transported to a safe location with no student being permitted to leave the school premises in any manner other than by school approved transportation or permitted to go to a destination not approved by school personnel. As a general rule students shall be transported in total to the nearest school system providing adequate space for proper housing of the students in a sate environment.
3. Bomb Threat - In the event of a call or notice to the effect that a bomb has been placed in a school or any other building, the following procedures are recommended:
a. Complete or partial evacuation of the building concerned, using fire drill procedures, shall be effected when school officials feel threat is actual or that students' lives or health might be in danger.
b. Immediate notification to proper authorities for search and inspection of building will follow.
c. Return personnel to building after clearance from authorities.
d. Any decision concerning the dismissal of school pupils and subsequent action after the above procedures have been followed is the prerogative of the local Superintendent of the School Board.
Bomb Threat Procedures
The following guide should be used upon receipt of bomb threats:
Ask the following questions:
1. When will bomb explode?
2. Where is the bomb?
3. What does it look like?
4. Why did you place it?
5. What is your name?
Listen for clues to:
4. Background noise
4. Riot - Riot control will be a cooperative endeavor between school officials and all local law enforcement agencies. Procedures will be determined according to the situation by the Superintendent of Schools or with the heads of local law enforcement agencies.
5. Sit-Down Demonstrations - Sit-down demonstrations will be handled as a major breach of discipline. Offenders will be asked to leave school property, and if this is not heeded, local law enforcement agencies will be called to remove them by any means necessary to restore normal school operations. Punishment of offenders will be determined by school administrators and the local school board.
6. Fire Drills - Fire drills will be scheduled by the Principal each month during the school year. The purpose of a fire drill is to train students, under staff direction, to move safely, quickly, and quietly from any location within the building to an assigned evacuation area outside.
The following rules and procedures will be completed within all schools:
a. Rules for fire evacuation will be posted in each room. These rules will indicate the primary and alternate exits and the evacuation area to which the student should proceed upon leaving the building. The posted rules will be discussed with each class using the room, during the first day(s) of the school year.
b. A distinct fire alarm signal will be used for fire drills only; another signal will be established by the Principal for return to class.
c. No person is to remain in the building during fire drills.
d. Evacuation areas will be at least 50 feet (100 feet, if possible) away from buildings and out of driveways.
e. It is each student 's responsibility to move quickly, quietly, and in any orderly manner through the assigned exit to the assigned evacuation area.
f. The teacher will be responsible for:
i. Seeing that the windows are closed.
ii. Assuring that electrical circuits and gas jets are turned off.
iii. Maintaining order during the evacuation .
iv. Assigning students to hold the doors open, if their group is the first to evacuate from such doors; instructing students holding the doors to rejoin the class after the last person has passed through the doors.
v. Taking the roll book and checking roll when the class is in the assigned evacuation area. The name of any student not accounted for will be reported immediately to the Principal for his/her designee.
(Amended September 18, 1985)
(Adoption date 11/19/80)